Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

“Mind/body medicine leads you to become more involved in your health care and to make positive changes in your life. Health is not simply the absence of illness.”
– The Wellness Book by Benson & Stuart

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I often work with patients who try to improve the chance of a pregnancy by doing things they normally don’t do for example cutting out certain food stuff, having restrictive diet not drinking any alcohol. Not drinking any coffee, gluten free diets, taking a variety of supplements. What is lost in that approach is the fact that the body is composed of different organ systems and they all interact, so the immune system interacts with the nervous system which interacts with the endocrine system and changing one component affects the other components.

We can’t control the whole body with just one supplement, it has an effect. I also think it causes a certain sense of disability in my patients when they feel obligated to do so many things that are unnatural. I think patients should seek healthy living, which means ideal body weight, some exercise, cutting back on alcohol, cutting back on caffeine, taking a prenatal vitamin, finding ways to destress, take some time off work, these are sensible ways to approach fertility.

I have also seen a lot more women seeking acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicines such as herbs, my view point first of all is from someone who is not trained in eastern medicine but of course open minded to it I think acupuncture can be very relaxing and helpful if the patient feels the same. If someone dreads the needles and they shouldn’t do acupuncture.

When it comes to the herbs we are talking about thousands of herbs, each herb having hundreds of components and so I don’t know what’s in those herbs nor do I believe the practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine know what’s in all the herbs. And so when it comes to western medicine, I prefer to use my hormones and my modalities without influence of traditional Chinese herbs. That is not to say that a patient can’t use the herb for few months before starting western medical treatment. But I think they do have to be cautious about the use of herbs if they are ingesting it and since they are powerful agents.

Dr. Jain and the staff of Santa Monica Fertility recognize the effect that life stressors have on the process of female reproduction. We support holistic services and various treatments which contribute to our patients’ overall health and well-being. Lifestyles which balance the body and help calm the mind often enhance the effectiveness of traditional medical treatments.

There are a variety of quality programs which can be highly effective in reducing the physical symptoms of stress such as insomnia, fatigue, headache, and gastrointestinal distress as well as minimizing feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. Stress is responsible for more than 60% of all physician visits and is known to cause or exacerbate many conditions including heart disease, infertility, gastrointestinal disorders and chronic pain. Left untreated, stress can seriously affect your health, work performance, relationships and general well-being. Holistic mind/body programs help teach clients how to use one’s own healing power to manage stress and take control of life.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy developed more than 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture treatment stimulates specific energy meridians that exist throughout the body. Scientists have observed that this stimulation can cause a physiological response in brain activity, hormone levels, blood pressure, heart rate and immune system function, all of which help the body return to its innate state of balance and harmony. We have our own resident acupuncturist on site at Santa Monica Fertility to provide acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine remedies.

Massage
Massage therapy helps reduce anxiety, pain, headaches, insomnia and other stress-related symptoms. It also aids circulation, helps with detoxification and enhances relaxation. Massage therapists specializing in stress reduction and relaxation can assist in lowering clients’ anxiety levels, ultimately contributing to overall health and a balanced lifestyle.

Other modalities
Other areas of holistic health include nutritional counseling, yoga instruction, specialized massage therapies, and individual or couples counseling.

 

 
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